Nonimmigrant Visas

Availability of visa interviews per nonimmigrant visa category

  • Quito
    All visa categories are available
  • Guayaquil
    All visa categories are available

Please follow the instructions on https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ec/niv to schedule your appointment.

For Immigrant visa information, please check the Immigrant Visa section: https://ec.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/.

 

Information regarding entry requirements for your visa interview

The U.S. Mission in Ecuador informs the public that effective Monday, January 10th, customers over 5 years of age will be required to provide proof they have received a full series of the COVID-19 vaccine before entering the U.S. Embassy in Quito or the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil to receive consular services.  This requirement follows the Government of Ecuador’s decision to require proof of vaccination in certain public spaces.

Immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants, over 5 years of age, should be prepared to show their vaccination card and identification documents on the day of the interview and upon request.  The Consular Section will deny service to visa applicants who do not provide proof that they are fully vaccinated.

 

Important information for applicants

Since March 2020, consular officials at the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Ecuador have processed more than 150,000 nonimmigrant visas for Ecuadorians. This is higher than the number of visas processed by nearly all other U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Ecuador continue to prioritize the health and safety of its staff and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Consular officials are evaluating the potential effect of the new Omicron variant on current operations.  We will provide updates to the public as they become available.

The current demand for U.S. visas is extremely high and the wait time for a routine tourist visa interview is more than a year.  Routine visa interviews have resumed at the U.S. Embassy in Quito and U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil, though below pre-pandemic levels.  In compliance with Government of Ecuador requirements to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering public spaces, the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General now require all consular service applicants to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to entering the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General facilities.  The availability of future visa interview appointments and consular officials’ ability to safely process them is subject to the COVID-19 situation in Ecuador.

Consular officials at the U.S. Mission temporarily suspended acceptance of visa renewal applications through the Interview Waiver Program (IWP) in June 2021.  Embassy Quito and Consulate General Guayaquil plan to begin accepting a controlled number of new IWP applications as soon as COVID-19 conditions permit in early 2022.

Student, work, and exchange visitor visas, as well as humanitarian emergencies continue to be a priority for the U.S. Mission.  These applicants are eligible for expedited interview appointments, as the evolving pandemic situation permits.

We will continue to monitor the Omicron variant in Ecuador and assess its potential impact on our visa processing. Individuals should monitor the U.S. Mission website for updates (https://ec.usembassy.gov/).

Please review our section with specific visa inquiries in response to COVID-19.

How to Apply for a Visa

Please visit our Official Visa Information and Appointment System website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

The Department of State is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while ensuring the security of U.S. borders and the American people. Additional information on the visa process can be found at travel.state.gov.

Please be aware that all visa applicants will go through Embassy security checks prior to entering the Consular Section..

The following items are not permitted in the Consular Section:

  • Purses
  • Briefcases
  • Electronics
  • Cell phones
  • Food
  • Drinks

Only minors under 18 years old, elderly and handicapped applicants can be accompanied.

  • All visa applicants between 14 and 79 years old, except for diplomatic or official visas, will be fingerprinted before the interview. The electronic scanning procedure takes only a few seconds and does not use ink.
  • If fingers are bandaged or are otherwise unprintable because of temporary conditions (e.g., cuts, blisters, wounds of any character, etc.) the visa applicant will not be interviewed that day and must reschedule the interview within a year from the date of the visa application fee payment, when the temporary conditions have healed.
  • Travelers entering the U.S. will have their fingerprints matched to those collected at the time of the visa application to prevent the use of the visa by anyone other than the individual to whom it was issued.
  • Visa applicants who decline to have their fingerprints scanned will not be able to complete the visa application.

You should arrive to the consulate 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Every effort will be made to ensure a minimal wait time, however unforeseen circumstances and high volume of applications make wait times unpredictable.

The documents required for the interview (forms, supporting documents, etc.) vary according to the category of visa you are requesting.  For detailed information please review categories of visas.  It is important that all forms are filled out completely and truthfully.

NOTE: If you have an urgent need to travel to the United States due to an emergency, please review the criteria for expedited appointments below.  If you feel that your circumstances fall within the listed situations, you may request an expedited appointment through the appointment system at https://usvisa-info.com/.  You may be asked to provide supporting documentation.

The following situations may qualify for expedited appointments or as emergencies:

  • Medical emergency; a written note from the attending physician indicating the specific nature of the emergency must be provided.  The note must include the physician’s contact information.
  • Death of an immediate family member; a written note or report from a competent authority in the U.S., indicating where and when the death occurred must be provided.
  • Business emergency, defined as an event that could not be foreseen, and does not generally include conference travel; a letter on company letterhead explaining the urgent and last-minute nature of the travel must be provided.
  • Students, where the required I-20 or DS-2019 was delayed; the approval date of the I-20 or DS-2019 must reflect this delay.
  • Citizens of Visa Waiver Countries whose passport was lost or stolen while visiting Ecuador.

If your passport with a valid or expired U.S. visa is stolen or lost, please report the incident immediately to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that is closest to your residence, including a copy of the police report, a signed declaration by you notifying us of the incident, a copy of your identity card, and a telephone number in case we need to contact you, to:

Attention: Non-Immigrant Visas
In Guayaquilnivguayaquil@state.gov
In Quitofraudequito@state.gov

If you want to obtain another tourist visa please visit the Visa Services page:  https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-EC/

On the day of your interview, you should bring a copy of the police report if you have not already reported it to the Embassy or Consulate, and an original Migratory Movement document. You can obtain the Migratory Movement from the Immigration Police.

Please note that once your passport is reported stolen or lost, the visa will be electronically cancelled, which means that it cannot again be used to travel to the United States.